Guy Ritchie Boarding Big Screen Adaptation of 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.'
by Ethan Anderton
December 8, 2011
After director Steven Soderbergh left the big screen adaptation of the classic TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. following George Clooney's departure from the project and disagreements over budget and casting to replace the actor, the film was left without a director. Now Deadline has word that Sherlock Holmes franchise filmmaker Guy Ritchie and his new producing partner Lionel Wigram are will take over the project. Ritchie will direct the film which has a script from Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) following American and Russian members of the United Network Command for Law & Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.).
The project will be the first from the new banner formed at Warner Bros. with Ritchie and Wigram, the team behind the Sherlock Holmes series. With Ritchie on board, it's not clear just who will be in the running for the film now, and casting will likely start from scratch. Considering Ritchie's schedule is pretty much clear, I'm betting this will become the director's next project. The only other film with Ritchie's named mentioned in the same breath was the revival of the comic book adaptation Sgt. Rock, but we haven't heard any development on that project since July of this year, so it's not clear what's happening on that front. Ritchie certainly has great success with Warner Bros. and a style all his own to make this a great spy flick.